Posted by: monsonmadness | September 7, 2011

6.4 Earthquake

I heard that we experienced our first earthquake the other night. Pretty glad that we were able to sleep through it, and didn’t even get woken up! I guess that being built on lava rock really helps!

This afternoon at our school teacher’s meeting we talked about emergency plans and evacuation drills for earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunami’s. I really need to get educated on all of this so that we can be prepared.

Here is the information on the latest earthquake…

A powerful subsea earthquake struck near Tonga and American Samoa in the South Pacific on Monday.

The 6.4 magnitude quake is the latest in a series of recent massive earthquakes to be recorded in the region, which is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire.  No tsunami warning has been issued.

The epicentre of Monday’s quake, was located 73 km (45 miles) NNE of Hihifo, Tonga; 254 km (157 miles) SW of APIA, Samoa; and 326 km (202 miles) WSW of Pago Pago, American Samoa.  It was recorded at a depth 35.4 km (22.0 miles), making it a shallow earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Epicentre of Monday's earthquake on the Tonga region. Image Google Maps


  1. Scary! Glad everything is ok.

  2. Wow, I’m so glad it wasn’t the devastating kind of earthquake and that you are all doing fine.

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